Bank in India Launches Branch Without Locks

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Shani Shingnapur, the world famous temple town in Maharashtra where houses have neither doors nor locks, now befittingly has its first commercial bank branch with no locks on its front door. The public sector UCO Bank is the first to throw open the doors of commercial banking to this unique town of 3,000 people. Bowing to local religious sentiments, the bank last week decided to open the branch without a lock on its front door…

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Beulah Fashions Help Indian Women Escape Sex Trade

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Fashion with a humanitarian backbone.

Sometimes one can’t help thinking that the world does not need another eco-fashion label. But then the story behind the brand comes out, and you realize, again, that there are so many people out there trying to do their bit for the environment and the world.

Beulah London started with two rich upper class women who went to Delhi, India, and were so moved by their experiences that they started an ethical designer clothes business to employ former sex workers.

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India’s Expanding Wealth Boosts Charitable Giving

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Offerings at a Mosque in India

The Malkani family made its fortune selling plane tickets and tour packages to India’s fast-expanding middle class, building one of the country’s first online travel agencies.  Now the Malkanis are among a growing number of successful Indian entrepreneurs blazing another trail: charitable giving.

 

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More Than 50% of Kids in India Face Sexual Abuse

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More than 50% of Indian kids have faced sexual abuse.

In a shocking revelation, more than 50% children interviewed for a survey in India to determine the extent of violence against them said they had faced sexual abuse. In total, 12,500 school kids in 13 states between five and 18, as well as otherwise, took part in the research.

 

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A Rare Find as Linguists Discover a New Language in the Himalayas

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A Koro speaker talks to Gregory Anderson in Arunachal Pradesh, India, as he makes a recording of the language.

In the foothills of the Himalayas, two field linguists have uncovered a find as rare as any endangered species—a language completely new to science.

 

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India Tries to Curb Growing Population with Cash Bonuses

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Some couples feel pressure from families to have children right away.

Sunita Laxman Jadhav is a door-to-door saleswoman who sells waiting. She sweeps along muddy village lanes in her nurse’s white sari, calling on newly married couples with an unblushing proposition: Wait two years before getting pregnant, and the government will thank you.

 

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New Superbug From India Could Spread Around the World Because of Medical Tourism

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Sugeons perform cosmetic surgery in Mumbai.

A new superbug could spread around the world after reaching Britain from India — in part because of medical tourism — and scientists say there are almost no drugs to treat it.

 

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With 162 Members, Largest Family Under One Roof

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The family lives in Baktawng Village, India

BAKTAWNG (MIZORAM): This family with 162 members can easily be one of the largest living together under one roof in this picturesque village, about 100km from here.
The head of the family and leader of the ‘Chana’ sect, 66-year-old Ziona, has 38 wives and 94 children with some of his sons having married and having children of their own living together in a building named ‘Chhuan That Run’ or the House Of The New Generation. One of Ziona’s wives said though their sons lived in different rooms in the building they all share the kitchen where they cook for the entire family.
“We prepare 30-35kg of pork when we want to eat meat and require around 50kg of rice for dinner,” she said. The members of the sect, numbering almost 3,000, live in around 350 houses.
The majority of the sect members reside in Baktawng village and have a separate locality called Baktawng Tlangnuam while many also lived in Aizawl and other places.
They all contribute one-tenth of their monthly earnings for the sect which is used for the development of the community which practises a blend of democracy and communism.
Earlier known as Khuangtuaha Pawl, the sect was formed on June 12, 1942 after the followers of Khuangtuaha were evicted from Hmawngkawn village by the village chief for propagating “wrong and dangerous” theology.
The sect till today celebrates the ‘Bawkte Kut’ or the Festival of the Hut on June 12 every year to commemorate the formal formation of the sect.

This family with 162 members can easily be one of the largest living together under one roof in this picturesque village.

The head of the family and leader of the ‘Chana’ sect, 66-year-old Ziona, has 38 wives and 94 children with some of his sons having married and having children of their own living together in a building named ‘Chhuan That Run’ or the House Of The New Generation. One of Ziona’s wives said though their sons lived in different rooms in the building they all share the kitchen where they cook for the entire family.

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India To Patent Yoga Postures

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Many Yoga Poses Are Difficult For An Untrained Person

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has prepared patent formats of nearly 900 yoga asanas (postures), to prevent European and American companies involved in fitness-related activities from claiming them as their own. These asanas will all be included in the digitalised Traditional Knowledge Library (TKDL), set up by the council to collect and record traditional treatment therapy knowledge. Medicines and yoga asanas registered with it enjoy the status of being patented.
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Infant and Maternal Mortality Rates Increase in India

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India’s infant and maternal mortality rates lag  behind.

At the beginning of this millennium in year 2000, 189 countries and 23 international health agencies had pledged to reduce child under-5 mortality by two-thirds and maternal mortality by three-fourths by 2015. These were called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) number 4 and 5. With only five years left for the target year, a clutch of international health agencies and NGOs have come out with ‘‘Countdown to 2015 — Decade Report (2000-2010)”.

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Indian Minister Says Eunuch Regiment Needed To Protect Borders

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Will Eunuchs Like These Be Guarding India’s Borders?
A regiment of eunuchs should be established to guard India’s borders and leading politicians, a state minister said on Tuesday, citing their “loyalty and integrity”. “In my humble opinion, if eunuchs are engaged in policing or paramilitary forces they would do a better service to the nation,” said Tako Dabi, home minister of the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.
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